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Twenty Agriprocessors Workers Get U Visas

La Opinin, Posted: May 16, 2009

POSTVILLE, Iowa -- Twenty undocumented workers arrested a year ago at a meatpacking plant have received visas through a law that protects victims of crime, reports La Opinin. The immigrants arrested last year at Agriprocessors Inc. received U visas from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), which allow them to stay and work legally in the country for four years. In their third year, they may apply for permanent residence. "A government agency is admitting that these women and children have been subjected to physical and emotional harm by Agriprocessors," said attorney Sonia Parras-Konrad. "These people have been exploited, assaulted, humiliated, verbally and emotionally abused by this employer."

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